Joseph G. Callahan Jr.
Joseph G. Callahan, Jr. September 18, 1927 - December 30, 2016 Resident of Emeryville Joseph Gregory Callahan, Jr., 89, died on December 30, 2016 at his home in Emeryville, California after a short illness. Joe, or Jay as he was known in his youth, was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on September 18, 1927 to Joseph G. Callahan, Sr. and Marguerite McMahon Callahan. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and joined the Navy in 1945. When the pilot training program he was in was shut down, Joe was sent to a troop transport that brought US Marines home from Japan, and was discharged in March of 1946. Joe went to college on the GI Bill, and graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Joe worked for Bendix Aviation Corporation and the Kearfott Co. in New Jersey, learned to ski on weekend trips to New England, and was the treasurer of his ski club for several years. In the mid-1950s he met Marie Clabby, a beautiful nurse from Woodhaven, Queens, and they married in 1957. They lived in Hackensack for a few years, where their oldest son was born. In 1959 Joe took a job in Norwood, MA with a division of American Standard, which in 1960 was purchased by Northrop Corporation. Joe worked at Northrop from 1960 until his retirement in 1992, designing gyroscopes and navigation systems for missiles and submarines, including work supporting the Apollo program and the Minuteman ICBM. Joe and Marie lived in Norfolk, MA for thirty years, and spent a lot of time at their cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where Joe taught their children to ski and sail. Joe did his own car repairs and home maintenance, and always took the opportunity to teach his children a useful skill like soldering burst pipes or changing a car's oil. Joe always had a project underway: in his 70s he built his own computer, and led the neighborhood effort to dredge the adjacent canal. After retirement, Joe and Marie traveled widely, including an RV tour of the United States with their golden retrievers, and trips overseas to England, Ireland, the Mediterranean, Costa Rica, and even China for the wedding of their youngest son. They settled in New Port Richey, Florida for several years, but in 2009, they moved to the Bay Area to be near their daughters and youngest son. Joe and Marie enjoyed the California weather, Joe joined a hiking club, and they spent many happy hours in the company of their family. Marie Callahan passed away in 2013, and Joe was able to travel a little more, including to Chicago to visit his son's restaurant and to see his granddaughter graduate from college. Joe continued to read, write, listen to music, exercise, watch sports, and follow the news until the very end of his life. As he said, "It's been a great ride, my love to everyone!" Joe was pre-deceased by his wife Marie and his sister Kathleen Frances Sullivan, of Columbia, SC, who passed in 2009. Joe is survived by his brother John Lavelle Callahan of Burlington, MA; children Thomas Joseph ("TJ") Callahan and his wife Molly McCombe of Chicago, IL; Margaret Anne ("Micki") Callahan and her husband Alan Levinson of Oakland, CA; Dr. Michael Vincent Callahan and his wife Shannon Bryant Callahan of Boulder, CO; Constance Marie Callahan of Oakland, CA; and John Patrick Callahan and his wife Yin Ping of San Jose, CA. Joe is also survived by his grandchildren Michelle and Robyn Levinson of Oakland, CA; Quinn and Cash Callahan of Boulder, CO; and Eileen and Karson Callahan of San Jose, CA. Joseph Callahan will be remembered at a funeral mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 322 St. James Drive (at Park Blvd) in Piedmont, CA on January 14, 2017 at 11 AM. Donations to the California State Parks Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, or the Union of Concerned Scientists would be a lovely way to remember him. View the online memorial for Joseph G. Callahan, Jr.
... Show More